July 4th, 2013
New England is proud of its lobsters and many lobster shacks have refined their lobster roll to an art form. To me, there is nothing better on a sunny summer weekend than a buttered roll overflowing with lobster, a cool drink and a salty ocean breeze. Lobster is so popular and ingrained into New England culture that it even has its own holiday celebration: National Lobster Day on June 14th.
Lobster eating has not always been a delicacy as it is today. Historically, it was considered to be peasant food because it was very cheap and easy to obtain (you could literally pick them up in a tide pool on the beach). Lobster was so plentiful that it was served to children, prisoners and indentured servants in the colonial times. In fact, there was a prison riot in the 1800s because prisoners were upset about eating lobster every day. In Massachusetts, some servants rebelled and put into their contracts that they could not be forced to eat lobster more than 3 times a week. Apparently it was tough living the gourmet life.
As years passed, demand increased as businesses where able to ship canned lobsters to consumers around the world. Today, demand has increased so much that lobster fishing is a $1 billion dollar industry in Maine alone. Restaurants in the New England region all have some kind of lobster roll to comfort the taste buds of its patrons, but few are truly masters of the lobster roll. We have manifested a best of the best list of lobster shacks that will blow you away with their lobster rolls. Travelers beware: You may have to order more than one.
Bon Appetit and Happy 4th!
Top New England Lobster Shacks
(Image above: Abbott’s in CT)
The Clam Shack Kennebunkport, ME. 207-967-3321; theclamshack.net
Waterman’s Beach Lobster South Thomaston, ME. 207-596-7819; watermansbeachlobster.com
Five Islands Lobster Co. Georgetown, ME. 207-371-2990; fiveislandslobster.com
Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier Kittery Point, ME. 207-439-1030; chaunceycreek.com
Thurston’s Lobster Pound Bernard, ME. 207-244-7600; thurstonslobster.com
Cod End Tenants Harbor, ME. 207-372-6782; codend.com
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough Noank, CT. 860-536-7719; abbotts-lobster.com
The Place Guilford, CT. 203-453-9276; theplaceguilford.com
Roy Moore Lobster Company Rockport, MA. 978-546-6696
Neptune Oyster Boston, MA 617-742-3474 neptuneoyster.com
B&G Oysters Boston, MA 617-423-0550 bandgoysters.com
(Image below: The Clam Shack in ME)
Brown’s Lobster Pound Seabrook, NH. 603-474-3331; brownslobsterpound.com
Aunt Carrie’s Narragansett, RI. 401-783-7930; auntcarriesri.com